The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant

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The Olde Ship British Pub & RestaurantThe Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant

Type: Bar, Eatery

709 N.Harbor Boulevard
Fullerton, California, 92832
United States

(714) 871-7447 | map

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The President of the company that I work for in the USA is a fellow Ex-Pat, but he moved out here from England well over 20 years ago. We have much in common; a love of Association Football, Rugby, English Cricket, the BBC, drinking lots of English Tea & Beer, spelling the word Tire with a “y” and thinking that David Beckham is a brain-dead ponce.

So at the end of a particularly difficult year, there was a mutual decision to head out for some good old English fare, some English beer, some fellow Limey company and forget all about that boring business shite. We ended up here.

There are actually two ‘Olde Ships’, the other is in Santa Ana (a fleet of Pubs rather than a chain?), having been to both, I much prefer this one by far, for it has much more character & atmosphere. It is relatively easy to find, but it is difficult to park here at busy times. There is parking available at the rear but it is always full when I have been here, so I usually hit nearby side streets.

A single story building with a weathered looking Union Jack flying at 45°, and a small dark brown awning with some xmas fairy lights, the dark wood door leads you right into the heart of the bar area which is immediately in front of you. Lots of dark wood, thick carpets, a welcoming warmth and English bric-à-brac adorns the walls.

As you enter, if it’s busy (like it almost always is) it can feel cramped in the bar area, but I was served almost immediately which was very impressive. The air was thick was real English & American poser accents (this is Fullerton!). The bar is L-shaped and runs to your right as you enter. There are something like 20 beers on Tap here, including; Green King Abbot Ale, Boddingtons Ale, Fullers ESB – London Pride & Porter, Young’s Oatmeal Stout & Double Chocolate Stout, Courage, Marston’s Pedigree, Newcastle Brown and even Hobgoblin beer (which I actually detest but have never seen before in the US). Two Angram Handpumps were clearly evident but seemed unused on my last visit. In addition, there are some Scottish beers such as Belhaven, Tennant’s Lager and McEwan’s Export, as well as Irish offerings from Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish from Cork. Willy Wankers, Jessie’s and the Welsh can drink Fosters, Harp or Stella. Sells Blackthorn Cider also which is quite rare in these parts

The Food here is absolutely "Top-Notch" English fare - just like home. We waited for a Table in the area that is to your left as you enter, an area that has many cubicles, booths and open tables, but it is nevertheless a very cozy area that offers some privacy to parties that are ingesting. All the food is very English and has the appropriate prefixes in the Menu, but the Churchill’s Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding is *fucking excellent*, the Ploughman’s is great also and the Curry is awesome. The 5.0 Mark is for English fare! No French Fries here - this place sells Scotch Eggs, HP Brown Sauce & 'proper' Chips!!! If you want a Burger fuck off to McDonald's loser.

A *REAL* English Pub.
Bloody Good Show Chaps!!!

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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Went here last night with the wife and two other couples. It was Saturday night and was packed so we had to wait about a half hour to be seated. Cozy with British regalia everywhere on the walls. Great selection of brews on tap. I got the Old Speckled Hen, my wife a Newcastle and our friends Murphey's stout. Like others have stated service is SLOW but the beers are fresh and good and servers are friendly and accomidating. I've never had British food but ended up getting the bangers and mash which I must say is EXCELLENT! A bit pricey and slow service but the beer selection and food are well worth the inconvenience. Looking forward to going again.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

As a Fullerton local I have been going to the Ship for about 10 years. I agree with some of the comments made about a great atmosphere with good locals, welcoming staff, a conversation friendly ambiance, and most importantly a WELL POURED PINT!!! They pour beautiful pints here. Sadly they changed out Young's SLA a while ago for Shitwicks. But with Young's choclate, Abbey Ale, Belhaven, and McEwan's Export, as well as some of the other standards, you'll find a great ale to imbibe.
Some recent good and bad news. The bad news is that the owner Doug has sadly passed away. He was a regular presence here known by all of the locals, and the place will not be the same without him. His son, who is also a regular presence will, I'm sure, continue to make the Ship a draw. We are all sad for their loss. The good news is that before Doug's untimely departure he brought back the best bartender to ever grace the Ship--Danny (the Leprauchan). Danny worked at the Ship in years past, and his departure was sorely missed. We are elated to have him back!
The Ship is not just a place for a pint. The food is excellent!!! I love the Bridie, the fish & chips, as well as many other dishes. For dessert, the Fruit of the Forest pie (a la mode) is deliscious. If you are in the Fullerton area, the Ship is a must visit.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I was there on a midweek night, so there really weren't a whole lot of people there. The atmosphere is very homey, and what I may expect a real british pub/restaurant to feel like (never been to England). The beer selection is Ok (Fuller's, Bass, Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Old Speckled Hen, Boddington's) and they know how to serve a pint here. My glass of Abbot Ale looked amazing, and didn't taste all that bad either. The fish & chips were the best I've ever had, and the service was right on. Nothing bad to really say about this place that I can tell.

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4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The bum (previous review) gave a pretty good run down on the beers and ales to be had. There are many foreign and unfamiliar liquors too. I can add that the beer engine handles are non functional unless they can be released from the bar to clobber some no tip drunk.
That said, the food is terrific! I was hooked on the fish and chips for years. I have only recently ventured out on the menu. The Scotch Brity (spelling?) is a beef pot pie type of dish that really hits the spot. The chicken pie is also a favorite. Meatloaf will challenge mom's. On certain Saturdays they serve a beef Wellington (the impetus for this post). If it is on the board do not make the mistake of passing on it. Bellhaven was a beatiful partner for this well prepared dish.
There is plenty of parking. At worst, a half block walk separates you from the pub. If you just finished paying a fine at North Court, this is a convenient and close place to forget about it.

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The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant in Fullerton, CA
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 15 ratings